Nick Kyrgios isn't a fan of recent trend in which former players bash current players as he has come to the defence of Emma Raducanu. A few days ago, Andy Roddick published a tutorial in which he explained how to throw a racket without getting in trouble.
"What’s with old retired players giving their opinion on our stars now? I love A-rod and I agree we all need to chill with the rackets and all that, but geezus, I read an article about a past female player talking about radacanu, no offence but she is a far far bigger name already," Kyrgios tweeted.
Kyrgios defends Raducanu
Raducanu hasn't had a great start to 2022 and former world No. 5 Daniela Hantuchova suggested the Briton is slowly losing the locker room respect from fellow players. "All the locker room respect she had after the US Open is now kind of going away which is a shame.
It is going to be important now for Emma to regroup, rethink what she has to change and get out there on the practice court. There is no other way around it. Just keep putting the hard work in," Hantuchova said on Amazon Prime.
Also, former world No. 1 Kim Clijsters threw shade at Raducanu, calling her a "princess." “To see Iga grow as a tennis player, it has been so beautiful for me,” Clijsters told the WTA Tour website. “There’s a certain type of focus that is on tennis, and tennis only.
There’s a drive there that I admire very much – a drive that I recognize. “She’s had great results in the past, but she still wants to improve. We’ve seen others that kind of take a step back and say, `Oh, I’ve won a Slam now, I’ve made it.
There’s sponsors coming in and I get treated like a princess wherever I go.’ “Just because you’re the No.1 player and have won Slams, doesn’t mean you should treat other people differently. I feel like Ash Barty did that amazingly, and I think Iga has that focus, too. There’s a still a lot of respect for the other people around her”.